John D'Agata with Ben Marcus


photo of John D'Agata with Ben Marcus
John D'Agata

John D’Agata published his first book, Halls of Fame, a collection of lyric essays, in 2001 and Annie Dillard called it “A daring, utterly original book by a young writer of rare intelligence and...

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photo of John D'Agata with Ben Marcus
Ben Marcus

Ben Marcus is the author of three books of fiction: Notable American Women, The Father Costume, and The Age of Wire and String. His anthology, The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, was...

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About this Event

John D'Agata: About a Mountain

Congressmen, dairy carts, ballroom dancers, Meadows Chevy, the Organization of Ladies Kazoo Post-92 from Laughlin—over two hundred different entries marching past us for three hours. All of them being appluaded, waved at, snapshot. Broadcast on the news, on local public access, on video-phone recordings that were posted to the web. The parade was called by one newscast “the happening of the century!” A local blogger wrote that “something special happened here!” A radio host asked listeners if “all that really happened?” And the mayor swore that this parade was going to be remembered “as one of the greatest things to ever happen in Las Vegas.” And while I wasn’t born there, and have since then moved away, during the summer I lived in Vegas I began to feel those claims, appealing in their hopefulness the way parades appeal, the way a list appeals to those with faith in withheld meanings: the dream that if we linger long enough with anything, the truth of its significance is bound to be revealed.

- From About A Mountain

Photos from this event are available on Flickr.


Audio from this Event

John D'Agata read from his work, then joined in conversation with Ben Marcus | Duration: 1:32:33

Video from this Event

John D'Agata was introduced by Ben Marcus, then read from his work.

John D'Agata in conversation with Ben Marcus


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